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growth, whether it was through tax cuts and other inners and supply side reforms, would you cut them some slack on that or not? >> we would -- we think there's fairly limited room for significant fiscal stimulus that would place public debt on, you know, steeper gradient in terms of its rise. right from the beginning of the process, we recognized the government can use their balance sheet and fiscal measures to offset the decline in private sector demand. so some measures which allow for an easing of the levels of deficit reduction and the pace of that is perfectly consistent with the current rating that we now have on the uk. but can the uk go on a major fiscal stimulus exercise? we don't really think there's much room for maneuver in terms of them to do that in terms of a ratings perspective. >> what happens if they -- they could go on a big tax cutting program and that got rates going. this is more about growth, isn't it, right now, because growth is a way to generate the revenue to bring down the deficit. >> yeah. but that's evident that if you do tax cuts, that you'll get more revenu
being we need more taxes. this whole cutback thing is bogus. after sequestration, the faa will have 5% more money than they did five years ago and will handle about 8% fewer flights. so these cutbacks, it's political. it's not functional. >> 5% more money than five years ago. 8% fewer flights. mike, listen, again, ant ek totally, i agree with you. but how would the faa or tsa or whoever it is execute that plan? they can't send out an e-mail, right, move more slowly than you normally do because that will get out into the hands of the media. how would you accomplish something like that? >> you lay people off or you do what homeland security did, you just cutback on overtime and the people, why do i have to work so hard? this whole thing is orchestrated by the administration. we don't have to lay these controls off, on the tsa side -- there's no waste at the tsa. we all know that. the reality of the whole thing is this is something to make it hard as possible. it's going to hurt commute percent? i have been to an airport recently where there are more tsa workers than they were people get
have a worry about the consumer and tax refunds will start coming now. credit conditions support employment and certainly consumer staples look very expensive. >> what about utilities up 19% so far this year? utilities are up 16% and health care up 19%. is your money safe in there? will they continue to hold up? >> we've been overweight utilities so i'm not going to be too uncomfortable with that and that's improvement with natural gas prices and in health care it's been very much about dividends and that we saw reimbursement rates that were supposed to be cut recallier this year, and i think it's too late to be on the healthcare bandwagon. >> sectors like materials which have not been with the rally and do you think some of the underperforming sectors will catch up? >> we are worried about materials still and we have to be careful in the u.s., chemicals are 20% metals and mining and look at the s&p 500 materials sector. europe is a big problem for chemical companies and even though they have shale gas as a feed stock, the problem is 20%, 25% of their business is probably going t
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